Leighton’s mayor Ray Berry cut the ribbon to celebrate the launch of new-look Clarence Road Post Office and store which has been totally transformed
The revamped business is now accessible an extra 22 hours a week, including Sunday morning and earlier opening.
Councillor Berry, who is a customer of Clarence Road Post Office, said: “I am really impressed by the changes that have been made. Clarence Road Post Office is at the heart of the community and I want to congratulate Mike Penley, who has been postmaster for 27 years, on his vital community role.
Postmaster Mike Penley, said: “Wow! is the reaction of customers when they walk through the door.
“The Post Office and store now look modern, light, bright and airy, The open plan counters make it far easier for staff and customers to talk to each other.
“Customers also really like the fact that the Post Office is now open early in the morning as they can pick up their newspaper and do their Post Office transactions at the same time.
“We have increased our retail range to include party products, a wider range of stationery, low-priced essential groceries and toiletries and medicines as well as fresh coffee to take away.”
Gary Herbert, Post Office Senior Stakeholder Manager, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Clarence Road. I am confident this new modern Post Office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
“This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office. It marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
Under the current Parliament the Government has committed £1.34bn for the Post Office network to make sure there is no programme of Post Office closures and to update branches; in November the Government announced a further £640m investment in the Post Office network, from 2015 to 2018. Nationwide the investment programme will see up to 8,000 branches modernised with additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.